Wyndham City Libraries hosts a variety of different events throughout the year including author talks, panels, lectures and workshops. Catch up with some of the great events you may have missed below, and download transcripts and supporting material where available.
Not all events are recorded. Recordings may expire – check individual descriptions for more detail.
Featured Event: Refugee Week: The settlement experiences of South Sudanese-Australians
Wyndham City Libraries recently hosted Wyndham local, Dr William Abur, to tell us about his book A new life with opportunities and challenges: the settlement experiences of South Sudanese-Australians. The book’s analysis sheds some lights on experiences of African refugees in the areas of settlement, integration, employment, education, sport, and racial relations.
Catch up here as Dr Abur touches on some of the challenges raised in the book and fields audience questions. Including: ‘how long are we to be labelled “refugee”?’; the intergenerational difficulty when refugees’ later children did not experience that transition, but face difficulties related to it; and how sports and community efforts aid integration; whether justice-involvement of some young people contributes to intergenerational disconnect?... and several more.
Wyndham library members can borrow a copy of Dr Abur’s book from the library here.
Raising Multilingual Children
Wyndham City Libraries recently hosted local Speech Pathologist Lisa Decker from Well Said Clinic to tell us about best practice in raising bilingual and multilingual children. We learned about the stages of language acquisition regardless of how many languages to which a child is exposed and strategies to support a child to learn family languages alongside English.
Catch up here as Lisa busts some myths and shares some useful tips for raising children in more than one language.
This event was recorded on June 9, 2021.
Featured event: Alice Pung in conversation with Bruno Lettieri
Wyndham City Libraries recently hosted celebrated author Alice Pung in conversation with Bruno Lettieri for a special pre-launch peak at her highly anticipated new family drama, One Hundred Days, set in Melbourne’s western suburbs.
Catch up here as they talk about the writing process, the uncanny coincidence of lockdown, and the complex family dynamics at play in the novel.
This event was recorded on May 26, 2021.
Flushed with Success: History of the Metropolitan Farm and Treatment Works
Join us for this presentation and discussion with the Heritage Team from Melbourne Water about the amazing Western Treatment Plant – a true gem in the west! This talk covers the plant's historic origins and its evolution to a world class facility.
For more information about Melbourne Water and its sites visit their website.
Finding Electro Girl: A conversation with Lainie Chait
Wyndham City Libraries recently hosted Lainie Chait, author of Electro Girl: Living a symbiotic existence with epilepsy.
Lainie invented her superhero persona Electro Girl when she was diagnosed with epilepsy at 19 years of age. Electro Girl: Living a symbiotic existence with epilepsy portrays a life lived with epilepsy for 25 years. Hear how a holistic approach with medication and lifestyle change minimised her condition.
Rosalie Ham in Conversation with Bruno Lettieri
Join author Rosalie Ham in conversation with Bruno Lettieri as she speaks about her forthcoming novel The Dressmaker’s Secret, and her return to the world and characters of her bestselling debut novel The Dressmaker, now an award-winning film starring Kate Winslet. (September 14, 2020)
You can download a copy of the transcript here:
Science Week: Indigenous Astronomy
See the stars in a new way, and learn about the importance of the night sky in Australian Aboriginal science, culture, and history. This fascinating talk on Indigenous Astronomy was presented live online by Yorta Yorta ecology student Jessie Ferrari and cultural astronomer, Dr Duane Hamacher during Science Week (August 21, 2020).
Accurate closed captions available in the video. Check out the resource list here: